Smart home design sets new benchmark for tropical living

first_imgFROM recycled concrete to the latest in technology and droughtproof gardening design, North Shore’s new building innovation display home is hoped to set a new benchmark for smart and sustainable living in the tropics.With construction set to start in June, Innovation House 2.0 will become Townsville’s second 10-star energy efficiency rated home, with concept plans hoped to become the norm for future housing construction across North Queensland.Builder Darren Finlay, who owns and designed North Shore’s first Innovation House in 2014, will again spearhead the project.Director of Innovation House Darren Finlay and Stocklands Project Director Andrew Astorquia at the North Shore Innovation House project site. Picture: Shae Beplate.“A big part of this project is also to ensure the concept is affordable … so we’ve come up with a model that’s based on good solar principals,” Mr Finlay said.“We also want to ensure we implement healthy home design. Not a lot of people are aware of all the chemicals that go into a home.“That ‘new home’ smell you often hear about is actually the chemicals put into your home and to smell those isn’t a good thing.“We’re also considering disconnecting the house from the grid and instead run it over a battery system.”North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia said the project was also an opportunity for community groups, businesses and individuals to bring their ideas forward.Darren Finlay’s original Townsville Innovation House, which was completed three years ago, features a water tank, a chicken coop, vegetable beds and vertical gardens, a brick oven, an outdoor shower, compost bins, low watering grass, a patio and a basketball court.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“More than 10,000 people are expected to visit The Innovation Home Project when it is opens at North Shore early next year,” he said.“That is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has innovative and sustainable building products, lifestyle applications or smart home technologies to generate local exposure.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:22Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAll aboard this floating abode 01:22 Related videos 01:22All aboard this floating abode 00:38Opod: the low-cost micro home01:09Indoor plants to clean the air00:29Multi award-winning treehouse00:53Eco-friendly Aussie buys00:53Mod PoolsMr Astorquia said North Shore was working with Innovation House Australia research institutions, suppliers and Townsville City Council.“We want to create the best possible model for not only innovation, but livability, style and function,” he said. “It is important that we continue to look for smarter ways to build and live.”Stockland North Shore is seeking expressions of interest from relevant researchers, suppliers, manufacturers or installers of innovative building products, home technology, furniture and homewares to be involved in the project.To get involved contact Andrew Astorquia on 0434 182 658 or Innovation House Australia on 0437 220 631.last_img read more

Badgers battle Hawkeyes in first Heartland Trophy bout since 2010

first_imgWhen the Wisconsin football team (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) hits the road and heads to Iowa City, Iowa Saturday to challenge the Hawkeyes (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten), it will be the first time in three seasons the Heartland Trophy will be up for grabs.After the dust settled on the realignment of the conference ahead of the 2011 season, Iowa ended up in the Legends division and Wisconsin in the Leaders division — meaning a game between the teams was no longer a guarantee each year.Since this conference shuffle, players may have come and gone, but the trophy still sits in Wisconsin’s locker room. Although many of the players may not have personally fought in any of the battles between the two teams, the locker room is exactly where they want the trophy to stay, redshirt junior cornerback Peniel Jean said.“Even though we haven’t played in a while, it still means a lot,” Jean said. “It’s been going on since Coach Alvarez got here. … It’s something that we don’t want to lose. We’ve had it in our locker room for three years already…and that’s something that we don’t want to give back to them. We don’t like losing.”Overall, the rivalry sits at an even 42-42-2 record over its 119-year history, with Wisconsin taking three of the last five matchups and needing just one more win to tie Iowa at 4-4 all-time since the Heartland trophy was created in 2004.As opposed to the many other teams Wisconsin has faced in 2013, Iowa boasts a very gritty run-based offense — similar to Wisconsin — that features two running backs, although nine players have accumulated rushing yards for the team this year.Juniors Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock, who account for an average of 137 yards per game on the ground for Iowa, lead the rushing attack and have already proved pesky to a number of other teams this season. Against Ohio State, a game that Iowa led heading into the second half, Weisman and Bullock each averaged more than five yards a carry and set the passing game up for three touchdowns.“They’re tough, physical backs and they like contact,” head coach Gary Andersen said in a press conference Monday. “It’s one of the things you see when you watch them. When they get to the next level, for the defender it’s not just going to be ‘OK, it’s time for you to tackle me.’ You have to own the right and you’re going to be either deserving of making a tackle or deserving of not making a tackle.“They’re going to force you to make a play, whether it’s the open field or whether it’s in close quarters with punishing runs.”Fortunately for the Badgers, they have played well against the run in 2013 and currently boast the second best rushing defense in the conference, holding their opponents to an average of 88.2 yards per game and a total of 353 yards total this season. The rush defense will likely be bolstered by the return of senior linebacker Chris Borland, who was forced to sit the majority of the game in Wisconsin’s last game Oct. 19.“Chris would not have played last Saturday. So [it] came at a great time for Chris because I know how much it means to him and how much it means for us to have him on the field,” Andersen said. “But if you just single out Chris, missing a Big Ten game is big for Chris and he basically missed the Illinois game already. He doesn’t want that to happen. Neither do we.”Still, while the emphasis will be placed on containing Iowa’s running game, the passing game has played its part in Iowa’s successes this season as well.On the season, sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock has averaged 202 passing yards per game and has thrown for 12 touchdowns, two more than the team has scored on the ground.A quick look at the team’s conference record might then look odd for a team that seems to be competitive, statistically speaking, but it becomes clearer after taking a glance at Iowa’s red zone offensive statistics.In 2013, Iowa has the third-lowest conversion rate in the red zone, scoring points on only 75 percent of trips inside its opponent’s 20-yard line. On 12 trips to the red zone, Iowa has scored nine times and managed a touchdown only six times.Meanwhile, Wisconsin claims the conference’s best red zone defense, which has held its opponents to a mere 70 percent success rate this season. Jean says the defense has its strong communication to thank for their success in those high-pressure situations, something they hope will continue against Iowa on Saturday.“We play together and we communicate really well,” Jean said. “We have been [doing] really well keeping teams out of the red zone, so they’re not really getting down there and that is all because of communication.”On offense, Wisconsin’s rushing attack of running backs redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon and senior James White will hope to test Iowa early and often in what will likely become a trench battle on the ground, as has often been the case in previous competitions for the Heartland Trophy.But for the veterans who have played in this rivalry before, redshirt senior linebacker Conor O’Neill and Co., they wouldn’t have it any other way.“When you go out and play Iowa, you know it’s going to be a dog fight,” O’Neill said. “Even if the young guys don’t know about it, they’ll learn really quick.”last_img read more

GOL Denies ‘Lack of Political Will’ to Address Human Rights Violations

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that her administration does not lack the political will to address shortcomings enumerated in the 2014 Human Rights Report on Liberia released by the US State Department Bureau of Democracy and Human Rights.Speaking at the United States’ 239th Independence Anniversary at the Executive Pavilion in Monrovia yesterday, President Sirleaf requested the US Government for continual partnership and support to address those shortcomings.“I only wish, given the likelihood of the report that most of the comments in the report are based on local media reports, and taking into account comments in the report on the media, that the US will adopt a policy of reviewing and consultation before such reports are published,” President Sirleaf countered.She told the audience of US Embassy officials, officials of the Liberian government and guests that she had read the human rights report which contained many good things as well as several shortcomings of her government.The published reports among other things highlighted lack of political will by the Executive in handling cases of corruption, citing cases of former Commerce and Industry Minister, Miatta Beyslow and former LPRC Managing Director T. Nelson Williams, who were dismissed following allegations of corruption by the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC).The report also noted that Justice in Liberia was based on favor and bribes, and judges were giving justice to people who have money to pay, leaving the poor without justice.It also indicated that integrity institutions including the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) were not supported enough to be independent in their work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Epic sagas and classic Christmas tales come to Eclipse Cinemas

first_imgEntertainment: Star Wars and Santa Claus are the big attractions this week at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane, and there are some more special guests coming for Christmas. Christmas Night – Thurs 22nd from 6pmThursday 22nd meet and greet with Old St Nicholas (Mascot), Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven & Christmas Minion then watch THE SANTA CLAUSE @ 7pm. Tickets €5.00. Book yours today: Kids Club Sat & Sun @ 12noonTickets €1.80 New Films This Week Rogue One:  A Star Wars StoryThe Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.Mum’s ListA dying mother’s life lessons to the husband and sons she left behind. Based on the best-selling novel by St John (Singe) Greene, the film is the story of Singe and Kate, a couple from North Somerset, whose lives were turned upside down when Kate was diagnosed with an incurable breast cancer. Over her last few days, she created her list: writing her thoughts and memories down, to help the man she loved create the best life possible for their two sons, after she was gone. Check out all our listings @ www.eclipsecinemas.comLoyalty CardsGet yours today Don’t forget to check out our Christmas Video Epic sagas and classic Christmas tales come to Eclipse Cinemas was last modified: December 19th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentFilmsLiffordstrabanelast_img read more